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Date Posted: 16:13:38 02/24/00 Thu
Author: bo
Subject: Re: How did Charlie Chaplin Die?
In reply to: Todd Verity 's message, "How did Charlie Chaplin Die?" on 22:11:56 02/22/00 Tue

Chaplin died of natural causes (heart failure, I believe) at the age of 88 on Christmas Day 1977 at his estate in Vevey, Switzerland.

Sir Charles was HARDLY lonely! He had several children with his wife (Oona O'Neill Chaplin) as well as two from one of his previous wives (Lita Grey Chaplin)

Also, he was not "exiled," but rather was deported by the U.S. Government. He did, however, return to the U.S. in 1972 to accept a special Lifetime Achievement Oscar at the Academy Awards.

One interesting fact about Chaplin's death....shortly after he died (about a month), his remains were dug up by grave robbers and held for ransom! Can you believe that?! Oona Chaplin refused to pay the ransom to get Charlie's remains back (CHarlie had told her year's before that if he were ever kidnapped...DO NOT PAY!). Two men were eventually caught and jailed for the "abduction."

Hope this helps.


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